10 June 2019
 
For Immediate Release
 
Re: Disruption of Refuse Collection in uMlazi
 
The City would like to sincerely apologise to all residents of uMlazi Township affected by the disruption of refuse collection.
 
EThekwini is in discussion with the main contractor responsible for refuse collection in the area to resolve a labour dispute with its workers with speed. It is reported that disgruntled employees blockaded the Mangosuthu Highway with trash. This resulted to motorists using alternative routes to their places of work.
 
As a temporary measure, the city has made available 21 trucks to collect refuse. There are incidents where some of the city’s trucks were prevented from collecting garbage and the municipality has since asked the Metro Police to escort its trucks to accomplish this essential service.
 
The municipality is appealing to the law enforcement agencies to apprehend anyone interfering with the freedom of movement on any citizen.
 
Ends.
 
Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Acting Head of Communications. For media enquiries contact Msawakhe Mayisela on 060 966 4220.